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Gold Bug Cipher 3‡0†2?3

Tool to decrypt/encrypt like in Gold-Bug automatically. The short story entitled The Gold-Bug from Edgar Allan Poe presents a substitution cipher.

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Gold Bug Cipher 3‡0†2?3

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What is the Gold-Bug cipher? (Definition)

The Golden Bug Cipher is a fictional cryptography system popularized by Edgar Allan Poe in his short story The Golden Beetle. He uses a substitution code mixing numbers and symbols to translate a coded message.

How to encrypt using Gold-Bug cipher?

To encode a message with the Golden Bug Cipher, use a mono-alphabetic substitution where each letter of the alphabet is replaced by another character, often a number or symbol, according to the conversion table:

A5B2C-DE8F1G3H4I6
J,K7L0M9N*OP.Q$R(
S)T;U?VW]X¢Y:Z[

Example: DCODE is crypted †-‡†8

How to decrypt Gold-Bug cipher?

To decode a message encrypted with the Golden Scarab, use the same substitution scheme used for encryption, but in reverse. Replace each symbol or number with the original corresponding letter.

Example: 3‡0† is decrypted GOLD

How to recognize Gold-Bug ciphertext?

The ciphered message contains the characters or (dagger and double dagger), the symbol (pilcrow) and the 8 digit appears often as it replaces the letter E.

The index of coincidence is similar to the language of the plain text.

Any reference to an insect/bug and especially a golden beetle is a clue.

Any mentions of Edgar Allan Poe's Extraordinary Stories, of his hero William Legrand or the treasure of Captain Kidd are also clues.

In the book the secret message is: 53‡‡†305))6*;4826)4‡.)4‡);80 6*;48†8¶60))85;1‡(;:‡*8†83(88) 5*†;46(;88*96*?;8)*‡(;485);5*† 2:*‡(;4956*2(5*-4)8¶8*;40692 85);)6†8)4‡‡;1(‡9;48081;8:8‡1 ;48†85;4)485†528806*81(‡9;48 ;(88;4(‡?34;48)4‡;161;:188;‡?;

What are the variants of the Gold-Bug cipher?

Edgar Allan Poe suggests other alphabets with the same symbols, especially one in another book a few word on secret writing here (affiliate link)

When was Gold-Bug cipher invented?

The Gold-Bug story was published in June 1843.

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